Summer Music and Performing Arts Festivals

The annual SoulFest, held at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, is New England’s premier “Social Justice & Christian Music Festival." See details below.

The Prescott Park Arts Festival

June 4 -August 23, 2016

A delightful summer tradition since 1974 that includes theater, concerts, outdoor movies, kids' events, a chowder festival and more. Held in the waterfront Prescott Park, the festival offers a full summer of events that are family appropriate. More information available at the festival's website.

Here's a sample of what's offered:

  • “The Little Mermaid" shows every Thursday-Sunday from June 24 to August 21. At each show you can buy a table, reserve a blanket and even order a pizza.
  • Check out Camp ENCORE, where performers, artists and aspiring technicians, ages 8-17, all work together towards a common goal - a fully produced musical presented at the end of each session.
  • "The River House Restaurant Series" is held each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Prescott Park.
  • It all starts on June 4 with the WOKQ Chowder Festival. (This event takes place at the Fishing Pier on Peirce Island.)

The Thing in Spring

June 9-12, 2016

Presented by the Glass Museum, The Thing in the Spring is a weekend of art and music that happens annually in downtown Peterborough.

Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair will also be taking place on June 11 in Peterborough celebrating the universality of art. "Broke" is an exciting (and free to attend) day that will include a large variety art including prints, collages, soft sculpture, wearables and independent record releases. All artwork is affordably priced at under $50.

The Glass Museum is a non-profit that seeks to encourage and preserve music and art by documenting, archiving, and presenting music and art events in our communities in the form of album.

Weekend passes are available for $50 and concerts are also priced individually. Click here for tickets.

A sample of the lineup:

  • O'Death
  • Coke Weed
  • Doug Tuttle
  • Alexander Turnquist
  • Red Sled Choir

Arts Jubilee Summer Concert Series

Thursday evenings July 14-August 11, 2016

For five consecutive Thursdays, enjoy world-class live music in the Mt. Washington area. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Early concerts begin at 6 p.m. and main concerts begin at 7 p.m. You are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets and more information available here.

2016 Concert Schedule:

  • July 14: "A Tribute to the Beach Boys"
  • July 21: "Old Friends" Remembering Simon & Garfunkel"
  • July 28: "Music of the 60's" featuring Mellow Yellow Band"
  • August 4: "Boogie Blues" featuring Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots"
  • August 11: "Swingin' Down Memory Lane" Pops concert with PJO and FIREWORKS

3rd Annual Halcyon Music Festival

July 20-July 30, 2016

Based in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area, the Halcyon Music Festival brings together world-class artists and young professionals of the highest caliber to live, work, and perform together. It is the mission of HMF to create a community that allows master artists to play together with exceptional young professionals in a collaborative setting with the goal of performing chamber music at the highest professional level.

HMF aims to make chamber music accessible to all, including those who might not otherwise experience it in concert halls. Tickets and more information can be found on the Festival's website.

2016 Concert Schedule:

  • July 20 at 7 p.m. at Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter: "Bohemian Rhapsody" featuring Anton Reicha "Grand Quintet for Horn and String Quartet", Josef Suk "Piano Quartet in A minor, Opus 1" and Antonin Dvorak "Piano Trio in F minor, Opus 65"
  • July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth: "Vive La France" featuring Maurice Ravel "Sonata for violin and Piano," Claude Debussy "String Quartet" and Ernest Chausson "Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet."
  • July 23 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth: "Elegence, Jubilation, and Heartbreak" featuring Richard Strauss's "SString Sextet from the opera 'Capriccio'", John Bohner's "Variations for Horn and String Quartet, Opus 24," and W.A. Mozart "String Quintet in C Major, K. 515."
  • July 27 7:30 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, Durham: "Novelties From Eastern Europe" featuring Antonin Dvorak "Begatelles for String trio and Harmonium, Opus 47", Zoltan Kodaly "Serenade, Opus 12" and Franz Joseph Haydn "String Quartet 'Largo', Opus 76, No 5".
  • July 28 7:30 p.m. at Rye Congregational Church, Rye: "Made in the USA" featuring Samuel Barber "String Quartet (including the well-known Adagio)", Antion Dvorak" "Piano Quartet no. 2 in Eb Major, Opus 87" and Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music for Piano Trio".
  • July 29 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth: "The Four B's: Bach, Beethoven, Bolocom, Brahms" featuring J.S Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for solo piano", Ludwig van Beethoven's "Piano Trio in Bb Major, Opus 11"
  • July 30 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth: "The Final Serenade" featuring Manuel De Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole", Ludwig van Beethoven's "Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Opus 16" and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings"

New Hampshire Music Festival

July 5-August 4, 2016

This celebration of classical music is celebrating 64 years in 2016. The month of events includes:

  • Tuesday Chamber Series: July 5-August 2, 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at the Silver Center for the Arts, Smith Recital Hall, Plymouth State University, 114 Main St., Plymouth.
  • Music in the Mountains Series: July 18 (7:30 p.m. Russell Pond Campground, N. Woodstock) and August 2 (10:30 a.m., Chocorua Island Chapel Service, Holderness). The new Music in the Mountains Series is inspired by the “Hut Concerts” of the 1970’s era NHMF. Sunrise and Sunset Concerts in the mountains and lakes region will be announced throughout the summer. Also offered are Campground Concerts in collaboration with the White Mountains Interpretive Association.(NO DATES ON THIS YET)
  • New Series: Chamber Goes to Wolfeboro: July 11, 25 and August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Hall in Wolfboro: These concerts allow musicians to share their talents and present music to the southern Lakes Region community.
  • And more!

Find more information, tickets and a complete schedule at the New Hampshire Music Festival's website.

Cochecho Arts Festival

The Headliner Series takes place on Friday evenings.

For the 30th year in a row, the Cochecho Arts Festival will fill downtown Dover with the sounds of music on Friday nights with the headliner series. In addition to the Friday concert series, enjoy the children's series, acoustic performances at the farmers' market, Shakespeare on the Hill with Theatre Unmasked, interactive artists' demonstrations, Shark in the park concerts on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and the new dinner and a movie series.

Friday Headliner Series - Shows at 6 p.m.

  • July 8: Gretchen and the Pickpockets with Hilton Park
  • July 15: Soggy Po Boys with The Bluesbrats
  • July 22: Grupo Fantasia with Joel Cage
  • July 29: Mother Superior with the Sliding Royales
  • August 5: Whiskey Kill with Kate Redgate
  • August 12: Entrain with Funky Divas
  • August 16: New Legacy Swing Band with Zach Benton

Gain entrance to all of the fun with a festival button. The 2016 button cost is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Cochecho Arts Festival Committee and their commitment to bringing the arts to Dover every summer.

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival

August 4-August 7, 2016

The 25th annual festival lineup promises to be one of the best yet! Many of your old favorites will be back along with some of your favorite national bluegrass bands including The Gibson Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Seldom Scene and Blue Highway and many more.

Camp out for the festival! Find camping information here.

Held at the Benton Family's Sugar Shack Campground, 2010 Rte. 175, Thornton. Check out the website for tickets, a complete lineup of bands and more information.


August 4-6, 2016

Celebrating 19 years of music, love and action, the SoulFest is held annually in the picturesque White Mountains of Gilford, New Hampshire at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering over 13,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers. 

As New England’s largest Christian music festival, SoulFest has become a summer staple at Gunstock attracting thousands throughout the New England area. This three-day event features world-renowned and Grammy winning Christian artists representing all musical genres on four separate stages, guest speakers and authors from across the globe. Other notable findings at the festival include film showings, art installations, rock climbing, mountain biking, a skate park and lots of great food! SoulFest offers a one of a kind experience. No other event offers such a unique, life changing blend of inspirational music, encouraging fellowship, stimulating workshops and fun activities for all ages – nestled in a stunning location and atmosphere that celebrates True Love – God's love for everyone.

This year boasts an impressive lineup featuring Skillet, Switchfoot, Lacey Sturm from Flyleaf, Zealyn, Michael W. Smith and many more!

To preview the full artist lineup, event schedule, or to purchase SoulFest tickets and upgrades, visit Discount and group ticket deals are available in advance online or by calling New Sound Concerts at (978) 346-4577. Tickets will also be available at the gate. For more information on Gunstock Mountain Resort, including their winter activities, visit

Uplift Music Festival

August 6, 2016

Uplift Music Fest is a community-driven festival showcasing The Monadnock Region's finest in musicians, artists, food and much, much more! Uplift Music Fest will take place at Oak Park, 791 Forest Rd., Greenfield.


Rock On Fest

August 13, 2016

The Rock On Foundation, which supports student athletic and artistic programming throughout the state, hosts this free music festival each summer. In addition to performances by six acts such as Born Ruffians and Saintseneca, the fest features a family fun zone, local food vendors, a high school basketball tournament and outdoor yoga to start the day sponsored by Lululemon. The whole things ends with a fireworks display by Atlas Fireworks. Free. 12 p.m., White Park, Concord.

20th Annual White Mountains Boogie N' Blues Festival

August 19-21, 2016

Come experience the largest outdoor blues festival in New England, featuring award-winning blues musicians, food and craft vendors and activities for children. Check out the Boogie's website for a complete lineup of bands, ticket prices and more information about camping and lodging.

The blues festival is held in the heart of the White Mountain and the Boogie stage is in a natural amphitheater located on a 72 acre pasture in the Pemigewasset River Valley, located in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire with beautiful New England scenery.

The Boogie is in between Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain (Lincoln) NH. Home to blues skies, incredible mountain views and a variety of outdoor recreational possibilities.

Camping is welcome and other lodging is also available. Held at the Benton Family's Sugar Shack Campground, 2010 Rte. 175, Thornton.

PARMA Music Festival

Held in August. Dates for 2016 TBA.

This non-profit festival seeks to celebrate authentic musicianship and artistry by bringing together audiences and artists from across multiple genres. Taking place in the picturesque seacoast towns of Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, the Festival showcases artists in a variety of venues including churches, parks, art galleries and concert halls.


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